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Since my mom's (Carol Hurst) death I've gotten all nostalgic for the books she introduced me to when I was young: "Charlotte's Web", "Summer of the Swan", "Stuart Little" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".
I've gone on "shopping" sprees through the local library's interlibrary loan program and surrounded myself with some of our old favorites trying diligently to keep them from getting mixed up with all the new releases scattered about so that they eventually make their way back to the library.
Throughout the day and especially on weekends I find myself reading a chapter from "Secret Garden", and picking up "Winnie the Pooh" for an anecdote and then leafing through the old familiar drawings in "Alice in Wonderland".
It's part of letting go of Mom while also revisiting some of our best times together. I've noticed, of course, that because we started the website in 1996 most of the older classic books are not featured. A few have popped up from time to time but most of the titles are from the last 15 years.
So --- this issue I'm going to cover one of the classics, "My Side of the Mountain". Here's a review and ways to use it in the classroom. Enjoy.
You can read the most up-to-date version of the My Side of the Mountain Featured Book Teachers Guide here.
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In Times Past
by Carol Hurst and Rebecca Otis
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